Dave Jackson

March 4, 1965 – April 26, 2024

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of my best friend and creative collaborator for 40+ years, Dave Jackson. I have so many fond memories of our times together behind a microphone, talking about the hot topics of the day or just complete nonsense. Dave leaves behind a rich legacy of laughter and unique wisdom in all the episodes that featured him.

The Smorgasbord Show will not be the same without you, Dave. I love you, my brother. Until we meet again.

– Chris

About the Show

The SmorgShow Podcast originates from the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio show which originally aired on suburban Chicago high school radio station WDGC-FM between 1982-1984. The show was known at the time for its edginess for a high school radio program. Chris and Dave’s all-talk format broke the mold by deviating from the station’s rock genre and often pushed the boundaries of acceptable community standards.

In 2010, we dusted off the Smorgasbord brand name and Chris paired up with his daughter, Ally to create a new podcast series staying true to the original spirit and variety format of the old radio show.

smor·gas·bord\ˈsmȯr-gəs-ˌbȯrd\: a luncheon or supper buffet offering a variety of foods and dishes.

The term ‘Smorgasbord’, as used here, is not meant to imply the show is related to food in any way and is certainly not a cooking show. Instead, the term used to suggest that we are ‘serving up’ a variety of programming elements, crossing many genres and formats – comedy, news, drama, current events and occasionally even stepping into the conspiracy realm.

After serving as co-host and contributing to nearly 100 episodes, Ally grew up and flew the coop, leaving Chris to fend for himself.  Subsequently, Chris rejoined with original Smorgasbord Radio Show co-host Dave Jackson as well as Jerry Malauskas who currently serves as the show’s Chief Conspiracy Correspondent (CCC).   And let’s not forget ‘Master of the Wide Open Spaces Between the Ears’, Baba Gonesh – who after 40 years of being featured on our show, still serves as our International News Correspondent, sending his views and breaking news directly from his homeland of India.

With the unexpected passing of Dave in 2024, the show is now in unchartered territory. Chris and Jerry made the decision to continue on with the show as long as it feels right to do so. We feel Dave would want us to keep the SmorgShow alive even without him.

While Seinfeld was said to be “a show about nothing”, the SmorgShow Podcast is a show about anything.

Latest Videos

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Episode 159 Live Stream – Introducing EctoLife

Episode 153 Live Stream – Oktoberfest ’22 and a More Sensitive James Bond

The Lonely Guy’s Subliminal Dating Service

Holiday Hunters Gift Finding Service

Ally’s Wedding Video Trailer (09.05.21)

Ally’s Wedding: Father of the Bride Speech (09.05.21)

Jerry the Dancing Fiend – At Ally’s Wedding (09.05.21)

Phillip Donald – Uber Friend Official Music Video

Phillip Donald – Break Loose (Single)

Oktoberfest 2020 Live Stream

In Lockdown with Indie Pop Band Echosmith

Chris and Dave Smorgasbord: The Movie (WDGC-FM 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion)

Palentine’s Day with Chris and Dave

The Smorgasbord Woods Project

Celebrating 40 Years of The Smorgasbord Radio Show